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Where did the Scottish Swinbourne family come from? What is the Scottish Swinbourne family crest and coat of arms? When did the Swinbourne family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Swinbourne family history?

In ancient Scotland, the first people to use Swinbourne as a surname were the Strathclyde- Britons. It was a name someone who lived in Cumberland.

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Before the printing press standardized spelling in the last few hundred years, no general rules existed in the English language. Spelling variations in Scottish names from the Middle Ages are common even within a single document. Swinbourne has been spelled Swinburn, Swinburne, Swinborn, Swinborne and others.

First found in Cumberland, where they held a family seat from ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest in 1066.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Swinbourne research. Another 279 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1253, 1280, 1600, 1687, and 1740 are included under the topic Early Swinbourne History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 95 words(7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Swinbourne Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For Scottish immigrants, the great expense of travel to North America did not seem such a problem in those unstable times. Acres of land awaited them and many got the chance to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. These Scots and their ancestors went on to play important roles in the forging of the great nations of the United States and Canada. Among them: William Swinburne settled in Virginia in 1655.

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Semel et semper
Motto Translation: Once and always.

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  10. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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The Swinbourne Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Swinbourne Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 5 January 2012 at 09:06.

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